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Who is in Control

 

WHO IS IN CONTROL

By Carolyn Dale Newell

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again, I will say, rejoice!

Philippians 4:4 NKJV

When the bills are coming due, but not the paycheck. When the unexpected illness occurs. When everything around the house falls apart, including your relationships. When your kids are traveling up and down the interstate. Who is in control of it all?

I hope it isn’t you, and I hope it isn’t me either. Ah… but we want to be in the captain’s seat Because when we’re not in charge, we worry.

We are forgetting one important fact. Something you probably already know, but we tend to need a reminder. God is in control. Did you just utter a sigh of relief? I know I did. What a load off our backs. God controls the out-of-control life that we cannot control.

It is impossible to worry when we rejoice. We cannot be anxious while we praise the Lord. When we recite His attributes, our confidence soars.

God is creator and sustainer. We can bless the Lord for His love and tender mercies. We can smile as we shout about His grace, strength, and joy. We can praise Him for His peace. We can worship Him in victory.

Turn your worry into worship. Let’s begin by counting our blessings. That should take so long that we won’t remember what we were worried about in the first place.

If you have breath in your lungs, you are blessed. If you are healthy, you are blessed. Maybe your health isn’t great, but somebody has it much worse, so yes, you are blessed. If you have a roof over your head, you are blessed. If you have paid your bills, you are blessed. If you haven’t paid your bills yet, you are still blessed, because God said He would supply our every need (Phil. 4:19). If you have a job, you are blessed. If you don’t have a job, thank God for the door He will open.

Now, what was bothering us? God is in complete control, so stop trying to do His job. No wonder we get stressed. We are trying to do the work of God, something we were never equipped to handle.

Our instructions are to rejoice. It doesn’t say rejoice about your struggles. We will have trouble in this world. Jesus told us that. Our verse says:

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again, I will say, rejoice!

We rejoice in spite of our trials, not instead of them. Jesus Christ is our joy.

Don’t continue to allow tribulations, the world, people, and the devil to snatch your joy. Cast your cares on Jesus, and turn your worry into worship.

Father God, we rejoice today because You have it all under control. We can rest in the comfort of knowing You’ve got it. Help me remember this truth when I am inclined to pick up my life’s remote control. You are the Captain of my salvation. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Philippians 4:4—9.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Today, make a quick list of everything you can thank God for. Keep it handy (on the fridge or phone) and refer to it the next time you become troubled.

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Why We Need to Know Scripture

IMG_1756.jpgWhy We Need to Know Scripture

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Hebrews 4:12 NKJV

In the wild, it’s rare to see a dolphin jump out of the water, but he did, and I did. See him, that is. Shocked that fading vision caught this beautiful creature. Immediately, my attention turned to something more surprising. Iva saw the dolphin too. Her reaction stirred up laughter on the boat.

Iva whined, getting down on her front legs ready to jump right back at her aquatic playmate, like she does when she meets friendly dogs. We quieted her whines. Dolphins surrounded our boat, and Iva spotted them easily.

After our morning dolphin cruise, we entered a restaurant to fill our grumbling bellies with seafood. The hostess remarked, “I’ll have to check with the manager to see if the dog is allowed.”

I informed her about the law. As she spoke to her boss, I tried to coaxed Timmy to leave. This place did not deserve my money. Timmy wanted to force their hand. She seated us without another word.

We still ended up leaving without lunch, since they no longer serve shrimp. We went to another seafood restaurant where the waitress loved Iva, and the shrimp was delicious.

North Carolina’s Outer Banks must have a fake service dog epidemic. Vacationers bring their furry friend, especially if they rent a house. Then they want Fido to tag along with them into businesses. They go online to purchase a “Do not pet” vest. They may even get fake paperwork.

One gift shop displayed a sign which demonstrated their understanding of the American with disabilities act. It read:

“No pets allowed. Only service dogs. Be prepared to describe the service the dog provides.”

Genuine service animals are allowed in any public place. The ADA law states that disabled people are not required to provide any paperwork

The business can be handed fake papers, but they have the right to ask what duties the dog provides. Pretty obvious with blind people. I have found most businesses don’t fully understand the ADA law.

Similarly, Christians must have a vast understanding of the Bible. Two people go through a trial. One knows Scripture well. He memorizes verses regularly. He reads daily. He studies to understand what he reads. He prays the Word and speaks it over his life.

The other person never memorizes Scripture. His Bible is only cracked open on Sundays. His knowledge of Scripture is minimal at best.

Which person is going to know that God will give him grace and strength when he needs it? Which one knows God is always by his side fighting the battle for him? Which one understands peace that is incomprehensible? Which one will see joy in sorrow?

Knowledge is priceless. Wisdom is wealth. Needless to say, no amount of Bible knowledge saves a person. Salvation only comes from being born again and having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

We must immerse ourselves in God’s love letter. Get to know the god who knows you.